Friday, April 23, 2010

What did you do today

Well I looked at this awful sight , this is a bone of contention for me just to be clear the back of the fireplace , this could be better much much better , I at one point thought stone veneer , but no , that too pricey and its not me , and since I have found the mother load of well priced shakes , Lowe's , that it what it shall be ... wouldn't it be cute with a little copper roof too , how hard is that , anyone know ?

So after making a little pile of this.......


I am left with this , a clean slate to only make better , like I say , design is in the details , I envy those who build a house from the ground up and make decisions like what to clad a house in , vinyl siding would not be my choice , I would have cement siding and shakes and loads of white trim... after all on a regular basis the siding on my bed wall creaks in rain and wind storms and has even from time to time popped right off the darn wall left to be flapping in the wind.... but it must stay ,for now!!!! but watch out siding your on my list {see the window box photo below to see the shakes I will clad this in }


I was asked to show my picket fence , I needed to paint it , which I also did today , my poor paint brush has seen its last days after that sorry job . I picked this design out of a fence job , this project is where I build my comfort level with a power miter saw , I think you can click the photo to enlarge and see the detail of the post tops , that took lots of work , it is made out of spruce and is still standing firm 7 years later ... this was one of my very first solo home improvement projects , and the first time someone asked me if my husband made it for me and I proudly said no , "I made it"


I can not imagine my house without it , ours is the only house in the neighbourhood with a picket fence , I just love little white fences , we had a lovely picket fence at our first house too , don't have any pictures of that one though .




As well someone wanted to see my window box , I did NOT make it , it is cedar and was cheap , I think its 4 feet , I did add the trim this week just to build it up a little more , I think it would be so easy to make its just a simple box with butt joints , I love the blue brackets I added, they are from Lowe's , see those grey shakes , that is what I am going to clad the fireplace jut out thingy with ...




The blossoms are in bloom , so magical.




This is my friend Lisa's tree , it's so lovely.


And this is her fence , Lisa is painting too , I have taken a break from fence painting, I am going to pace myself , this job is a real drag , but she keeps moving on , doesn't it just pop , looks lovely with that cute tree all bushy and green don't you agree?

9 comments:

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...
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Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

i love what you are going to do with the shake siding, mmmhhhhmmm! i also white picket fences!! thanks for giving us a peek:) (Make sure you bolster your friend with coffee & treats & maybe she will help you finish!) i am off to re-paint a picnic table~Friday night fun!

Deb said...

I love your picket fence. The shingles are going to look great too.

Grace said...

I love the cedar shingles. Do you have to waterproof before putting the shingles up? The picket fence design is so cute. I agree it makes the front of your house so interesting.

My Yellow House said...

I can't wait to see how this project turns out! I'm sure it will ooze with charm!
The picket fence is fabulous - it really sets your beautiful home apart - GOOD JOB!
Sarah :)

Lori said...

You never cease to amaze me. What did I do today... worked 8 hours, came home and worked on wedding flowers, sat by the chiminea, had two coors lights, will finish flowers in the am and deliver. On the computer now.

Sandra said...

I can't wait to see what you do with that wall. I tagged you for a blog game, come check it out if you want to participate:-)

Kerri said...

You are one amazingly inspiring woman! You make me want to rip everything out of my house and start again. Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing. K xx

Karena said...

You are getting so much accomplished!! It is all coming together perfectly!!

Karena
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